President C.J. introduced John Adams who first read the 4 Way Beer Test (on a Rotary coozie) before presenting it to President C.J.: 1. Is it ice cold? 2. Is there enough for all concerned? 3. Will it build good times and much better fellowships? and 4) Can it get any better than this?
John Adams introduced the "Why Google Must Rule the World" program by commanding members to "turn on your cell phones now" noting that any member "who does not receive a phone call or a text message during the program will be fined $25."
John Adams and Elliott Augustine shared the microphone for a laugh-generating, thought-provoking tale of Google and how they believe it is poised to take over the world - Elliott predicted it would take less than 10 years.
John Adams listed the 19 free Google programs he uses on a daily basis:
1. Gmail for his email server (up to 50 people can have your domain name)
2. Gmail for permanent storage of emails
3. Google Search Engine - #1 because it works
4. Google Calendar - John pulled up his color-coded calendar showing his personal calendar, the Rotary program calendar, his seminar calendar, and his rental house calendar. The color coded areas take you to more detailed information on each page.
5. Google Docs for Documents
6. Google Spreadsheets
7. Google Upload for Storage
8. Google Voice for Voice Mail - an 800-number will re-direct up to 10 phone lines simultaneously and consecutively. If you do not answer, Google transcribes the message and sends you an email.
9. Google Call Phone
10. Google Chat for Interoffice
11. Google Picasa for Photos - resides on your computer
12. Google Picasa Web Albums - a companion to #11 but resides in the "cloud."
13. Google You Tube
14. Google Maps and Arials
15. Google Places - drills down into the maps with specific information on such places as restaurants and shops
16. Google Analytics
17. Google Chrome
18. Google Androis OS (operating system)
19. Google Sites for Websites
Elliott followed up John's list with #20 - Google Translator - making websites accessible for the handicapped/blind. Elliott explained "the cloud" as the ability to have access to your information wherever you are - "your hard drive in cyberspace." Elliott explained that the online ad engine drives Google's success and that Google has become the new 411. Companies pay to be listed high on the Google website search. He predicted that Google is moving toward operating systems, desk top computers, and entertainment saying they are set to innovate for years to come. He praised their practice of encouraging employees to work on pet projects 20% of their time at work. When Google sees a company offering a service they want to offer, they just acquire the company. They keep $5.6 billion in cash on hand to do so.
As Elliott and John fielded a variety of questions, including "Did Google pay you to do a commercial for them?", the program ended at 1:37 and no one complained or left at 1:30 (they were too busy checking phones for texts and emails).